Most people wouldn't just throw plastics into the water. Unfortunately, we do so when we wash our clothes. In a washing machine cycle, our clothes shed up to hundreds of thousands of microfibres that go down the drain to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), and a lot of those are plastic like acryclic or polyester. Microfibres are so small (less than 5 mm in size) that WWTP can't stop them all. 1 to 10% get through into waterways, which add up to billions and billions in an environment where they can be ingested by aquatic wildlife. Sadly, plastic microfibres are not ever going to biodegrade - they are just going to keep accumulating and persisting in our aquatic environment. Filters on washing machines can stop more than 85% of these fibres before they go down the drain. Washing machines equipped with effective filters are a key solution to staunching more of this pollution.
What can you do?
- I am a constituent (include address)
- I support Bill 279: An Act to amend the Environmental Protection Act with respect to microplastics filters for washing machines. You could include a personal concern such as: “I am concerned about water quality” Or “I am concerned about microfibre pollution and its risks the health of aquatic life .”
- Sign off with urging your MPP to support the Bill
- Copy Government House Leader Paul Calandra, the Deputy Government House Leader Andrea Khanjin, and the Honourable Jeff Yurek (Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks) How do I find my MPP’s email address? Please use this finder if your MPP is not listed below. If you scroll down on the finder page, you will see that you can punch in your postal code and your MPP will appear. Here are a few important COPY emails and a few local Georgian Bay MPPs that might apply to where you live: 1. COPY: Government House Leader Paul Calandra email@example.com 2. COPY: The Deputy Government House Leader Andrea Khanjin firstname.lastname@example.org 3. COPY: The MPPS who intiated the Bill: Ian Arthur IArthur-QP@ndp.on.ca and Jessica Bell JBell-QP@ndp.on.ca 4. COPY: MPP Jeff Yurek (Minster of the Environment, Conservation and Parks): email@example.com Some Geogrian Bay MPPS, if these are your MPPs: MPP Norm Miller (Parry Sound- Muskoka) firstname.lastname@example.org MPP Jill Dunlop (Simcoe North) - email@example.com MPP Bill Walker (Bruce Grey Owen Sound) - firstname.lastname@example.org MPP Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) - email@example.com